PRACTICAL LEADERSHIP TIP OF THE WEEK

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This one is for my business owners, CEOs, founders, and bosses.

How much time are you putting into your employees? How much time are you spending meeting with them one-on-one?

You need to go all in on your people. In the early days, I was really “sticky” with individual people — DM-ing them, having meetings, etc. And even now, I still do it as much as I possibly can. If you’re upset about the “revolving door” at your company and having your employees leave is really affecting you, you need to figure out how to get stickier.

It all comes down to figuring out what makes your employees tick. Is it money? Responsibility? Acknowledgement? Title? The trick is knowing that the answer is gonna be different for different individuals. Think about your own life…there have been times in your career where you valued money more. There have been times where it was about respect, reputation, work-life balance…it’s not only figuring out what those few things are, it’s about what those few things are for each employee today. It never ends.

Keeping an employee might just be about paying them a little more…or it might be about you investing in your relationship with them and taking them out to coffee. At the end of the day, it’s about knowing your people.

Being a boss or an owner or a leader is about reverse-engineering your employees, not them conforming to you.

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💛 THE STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE OF BEING A GOOD PERSON

Building relationships is a strategic advantage.

If you give value to someone else first, you have a strategic advantage.

It’s as simple as that. I truly believe that when I go and make time to do a keynote or free masterclass (even though my wife and kids think it’s stupid and I should be charging for it), that I then have leverage with that business owner or leader.

It’s a funny statement, and I know it feels kind of dark.

I mean I am so happy that my generosity is viewed in a nice way and contributes to me having a nice reputation, but I’ve said it before: I’m not Mahatma Gandhi.

I just think it’s a smart thing to do. I’m extremely good at building emotional capital.

Now do I cash-in on that leverage?

Sometimes. I actually prefer not to.

I’m very “Old-school, East African”, so I don’t like to ask for favors.

I actually hate that I have a coffee mug, t-shirt and hoodie coming out this winter, and I have to use this leverage to go in for the sale.

I ENJOY THE TIMES WHEN I’M NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING, BECAUSE THEN I’M TOTALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT.

That brings me to the other half of the equation, which I think is huge, and that is having zero expectation for others.

The reason that I’m able to give so easily and create that leverage is that I never assume that someone will reciprocate and come through for me.

Both of those sides have to be in play in order for this system to work.

If things get out of balance, one way or another, someone’s going to end up feeling bad.

It’s emotional. It’s taxing.

My wife for example, is just the greatest woman on earth, but boy does she ever get let down by people.

I’m just not like that, okay maybe I used to be and that allows me to play through and keep giving.

What I love best about this is that it allows me to be extremely happy 99.99% of the time.

Lack of expectation and generosity are two very lucky traits I have, and they’re something that I implore more new Managers and future leaders to focus on.

This piece was originally posted on my Linkedin account.

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The Toxic Crab

“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”— Albert Einstein

People you spend the most time with add up to who you become.

If you spend time with those who refuse to take responsibility for their life, always find excuses and blame others for the situation they are in, your average will go down, and with it your opportunity to succeed.

However, if you spend time with people who are trying to increase their standard of living, and grow personally and professionally, your average will go up, and you will become more successful.

Take a look at around you, and see if you need to make any changes.

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